This half term we wil be learning all about animals in Foundation. We are going to spend two weeks looking at different types of animals. Two weeks on sea creatures where we will read the key texts Billy's Bucket and Commotion in the ocean, two weeks on farm animals where we will read Mrs Wishy Washy and The Little Red Hen and wo weeks on jungle animals where we will read Rumble in the Jungle and Walking through the jungle.
Help your child learn names for different animals. Why not visit Heeley City farm or Graves Park? You might want to borrow the books from the library.
We would like to welcome all of our new families and children to Lowfield. The children have settled into school really well and are adjusting to the changes of being at school all day. We have been having great fun exploring our outdoor area where the sand, water and mud kitchen have already proved to be a big hit with some of the children. Please make sure your child has a coat at school everyday as we do go outside in all weathers.
If you have any questions or concerns please speak to a member of the foundation team.
With the cold weather hitting Sheffield the children had great fun in our outdoor area when they discovered that the water had frozen over night and created ice! They hunted to see where they could find ice - finding circles of ice in the bottoms of the bowls. They used spoons and mashers to try and break the ice and compare how big the ice shards were. There was lots of language used to talk about what the ice looked and felt like.
Many thanks to all the parents who came to our family Christmas creative session. It was lovelt to see so many of you were able to make ut and join in the fun. The children and parents made lollypop decorations, threading baubles, Christmas cards, snowmen cruchies were very popular, we painted Christmas trees and printed snowmen to name a few. We hope you can make our next family creative on February 6th.
The children have had another busy week. We have been learning more sounds in our phonics sessions and lots of work to consolidate our counting out sets of objects and matching numbers. Outside we have been using the hammers and nails using pumpkins. This is an essential skill before the children move onto using wood with the nails as the children are used to what to do.
We have had another fantastic week so well done parents and children! The role play this week became the 3 bears cottage where teh children were able to retell the Golidlocks story and test out the different sized bowls, chairs and beds. We have been tipping and pouring porridge oats into different sized bowls, making the 3 bears and Goldilocks using playdough and in the making area.
Mrs Lloyd made apple and sultana flapjack on Wednesday which had a very mixed reaction some children wanted more others were reluctant to try to begin with.
We have started daily mental and oral sessions where teh children are taught in three groups. We have been reinforcing number recognition and counting out sets of objects.
Outside we have been exploring the water trays and using the gutters to connect into the different trays and extend how we could transport water from one tray to another -this was great for co-operative play, sharing resources and lots and lots of talk and problem solving was possible.
The children have had a fantastic first week in school -well done! They have all been really busy finding their way around the classroom and outdoor area as you can see from all the photographs above in the gallery. They have been playing really well with the different resources and each other. and Friendships are starting to be made and the children are beginning to get used to a new daily routine. Dismissing at the end of the day is taking a long time at the moment as staff become more familiar with parents this will get faster. Please be patient and do not call your child's name as we need to ensure the children are kept safe.
Over the next few weeks we will be introducing more routines to the children and starting our baseline assessments so that we know where each child strengths are to ensure teaching is at the right level for each child.
Don't forget there is a parents meeting on Friday 21st September in the iCT suite (just come to the office) at 2:40pm. This meeting is to show you what and how the children learn this year.
We have been learning about Dinosaurs and fossils for the last few weeks. We found out that Year 3 have been learning about rocks and fossils so we wrote them a letter to see if one of them could come and talk to us. A week later two girls from Year 3 came to show us a presenation on fossils and information they had found out. The children listened really well- thanks Y3!
We discovered some ribbons in the outdoor area today so we have been dancing and moving in a variety of ways using these ribbons. The long ribbons meant we had to do big swirls and circles with our arms otherwise the ribbon fell onto the ground.
The children have had great fun in the garage role play the last few days. They have been using a wealth of language when asking and talking about what is wrong with the car, they have been writing appointments and times down, then thay have worked together to develop a narrative and mend the car.
Foundation have been having great fun in PE. This week we set out the climbing frame, benches for balancing and crawling through and the stools so we could get better at jumping off the equipment. It was great fun and we looked at different ways our bodies can move.
This week we will be looking at the story Goldilocks and the three bears. We will be making bears in the creative area, painting bears and Goldilocks, retelling the story, looking at comparing the size of bears and counting bears.
This children have had a busy few days starting school where they are starting to adapt to being in a new setting with lots of new children. We have been busy looking at the story of the Gingerbread man . Activities have included a bakers role play, colouring Gingerbread men, baking Gingerbread men and many more.
Some of the children have found it difficult to leave parents in a morning but they soon settle and are happy during the day. It is new for all of them and they will start to make many new friends over the year in Foundation.
We had great fun at the Tropical butterfly house last week. We saw loads of animals including Butterflies, Parrots, Fish, Snakes, Crocodiles, Meerkats, Lemurs, Chipmunks, Otters and many more. The children had a minibeast handling session where we held an African Snail, Hissing Cockroach and Stick Insect. The sun shone all day and we were tired out by the end of the day!
The children in Foundation are assessed against the Early Learning Goals at the end of this year. If you were unable to attend the Foundation meeting you can download the powerpoint below. Please talk to a member of the Foundation team if you need more information.
The Foundation children had great fun last week playing a new phonic game outside. They had to read the words written on the balls and then send down the gutter. Real words went into the bucket with a treasure chest on and made up words went into the bucket with a bin on. Great fun whilst also making sure the children were blending and segmenting the words.
The Foundation children made pancakes last week to celebrate and find out about Shrove Tuesday. The children helped to sieve the flour, crack the eggs and measure and mix in the milk. We had to whisk it to make the mixture. Then we watched the pnackes cooking in the pan. We were able to choose what we wanted on our pancake as a topping but we all agreed they were very yummy!!
Many thanks to all the parents who came to our Spring term creative session. There were lots of different activities which the children have been learning about this half term for parents to try. We made clay rainbow fish, vegetable animals, Chinese lanterns, printing scales on fish and many more. Parents were also able to look at the children's observation records and comment on them. These events are really helpful for parents to see what the children have been doing and the progress tehy are making and a chance to ask any questions to staff.
Next half term will be Easter fun.
In Foundation we have been learning all about the festival Chinese New Year which some people celebrate. Our role play was transformed into a Chinese restaurant, we cooked stir fry and noodles which most of us thought was really tasty, we made lanterns and lucky money bags. In PE we used our dragon head to do a dragon dance to Chinese music. We then played some team racing games where we had to cross the river just like the animals in the zodiac race story.
Last week we got to have a PE session with a judo teacher. He taught us how to say stop and go and showed us how to move in different ways like frogs, bearsa and worms. He taught us how to roll over and stretch in a variety of ways. It was great fun and showed us some of the ways in which we can move in judo.
As part of our half term topic on animals we booked the company 'Meet a creature' to bring along some animals to school to lets us handle and ask questions about snakes, lizards, tortoises etc. It was a great experience for the children to see some of these animals for the first time and hold them.
We have been learning how to safely use our hammers, nails and screwdrivers this week. To begin with we have been using hammers with golf tees on pumpkins and squash so that we could learn how to use the equipment safely. This week we have been using hammers with cork boards and wood pieces.
How my child will be learning
The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development.
Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.
Children should develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:
· Communication and language;
· Physical development; and
· Personal, social and emotional development.
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
· Understanding the world;
· Expressive arts and design.
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. At Lowfield the staff supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs.
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.
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Lowfield Primary School
Sheffield S2 4NJ
Tel: 0114 2552501
Headteacher: Mr C Holder